After their biggest win of the year followed by a week off, the Northwest Texans prepare to embark on district play Friday. Last season, Northwest opened league play with a win and went on to a second-place finish and a playoff berth.
Northwest (3-0) takes on the Keller Indians (3-0) Friday at Keller ISD Athletic Complex.
The Texans notched a 21-16 win over Midlothian before enjoying their bye week.
“We got a lot of stuff done,” coach Bill Patterson said of the time off. “We worked on some fundamentals, and Thursday we started preparing for Keller.”
Northwest has been led by their defense this season and will need another big performance out of that unit against the Indians.
Keller is averaging 154 yards on the ground per game, led by Dalton Mills who already has 333 yards rushing this season.
“They are going to run the ball at us,” Patterson said. “We’ve got to force them to throw the football.
“Offensively, we can’t turn it over, and we have to be ready for what their defense gives us.”
The Texans’ offense has been feeding off their defense, averaging 258 passing yards per game and 190 on the ground.
Patterson said it’s imperative the Texans take care of business in the district opener.
“Getting that first district win is huge,” Patterson said. “If you don’t get that first one, then your second district game becomes a must-win.”
NORTHWEST (3-0) AT
at Keller ISD Athletic Complex
Northwest: Harris Rating 223
Notable: Northwest destroyed Keller last year 35-7.
Keller: Harris Rating 231
Notable: Keller running back Dalton Mills is averaging 5.5 yards per carry.
Harris line: Keller by 8